Category Archives : Distributed Manufacturing

The Distribution of Stuff – Part Three

Tweet In the previous posts we looked at food as part stuff.  Food is the most collectively massive element in our usual interpretation of stuff and it takes energy to transport it and control the food environment (through refrigeration or cooling) during transit. But there are two other components of stuff that are massive and […]

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The Distribution of Stuff – Part Two

Tweet We finished the last post briefly looking at the movie East of Eden and the loss suffered by Adam Trask when he tried to move lettuce packed with ice in a rail car in 1917. The ice melted and the lettuce rotted. Essentially, the rail car was not insulated, allowing for the rapid melting of […]

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The Distribution of Stuff – Part One

Tweet People in the world today are dependent on stuff. If one looks at the evolution of humankind, one sees the creation of communities or societies for mutual support in continued existence. Then one sees societies interacting to trade for needed and desired stuff. Today we have a human society of 7,680,256,619 people, almost eight […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Seven)

Tweet Last time we explored the Federal Reserve System and how money is added to a country’s financial system through the granting of loans for doing or making something of value. The money growth occurs because value is produced, or should be. As a result of effort expended, paid for with money, a product of value […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Six)

Tweet Last time we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks.  At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Five)

Tweet We finished the last post by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value. This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Four)

Tweet In the previous posts of this series we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the creation of tokens used for correspondence counting as well as making impressions in clay tablets. It was related to trade. A city of 50 to 80 thousand people, the inhabitants did different things and had to exchange […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Three)

Tweet In the past two posts we looked at Uruk, the start of cuneiform, and trade within a “large” city.  Then we did a flash forward about 4,400 years to observe slow motion entrepreneurship, double entry accounting, gold coinage and the emergence of banks.  Now it’s time for a pause and a look at government. But […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part Two)

Tweet In the last post, we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the emergence of cuneiform, a system of writing, apparently used to document trades and inventory.  Flash forward to 1394 A.D. and Prato, Italy.  Francesco di Marco Datini ordered wool from Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain about 1,342 km […]

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Money, Trade, Value and Time (Part One)

Tweet This series of posts examines money as a means of facilitating trade, the impact of value perception, and the compacting of perceived time.  To do this, it is best to examine the historical perspective and understand the needs of the evolving system of humanity together with the impact of technology on how we do business. […]

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